Midweek Matchup with McNeese Set for 3 PM Tuesday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

March 5 | 3 PM CT | Norman | Marita Hynes Field 
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NORMAN — The No. 4/4 Oklahoma softball team continues its longest homestand of the season on Tuesday as it hosts McNeese at Marita Hynes Field. Originally scheduled for the evening, the game has been moved to 3 p.m. to accommodate cold temperatures.

The Sooners opened the homestand with a pair of ranked wins at the Courtyard Marriott Tournament, taking down No. 25/23 Oregon State 3-0 and No. 11/11 Louisiana 9-1 in five innings. The second half of the tournament was canceled due to inclement weather on Saturday and Sunday.

Tuesday’s midweek matchup will be streamed through SoonerSports.tv for premium subscribers. It can also be heard on the air via KEBC 1560 AM in Norman or online through the Franchise 2.

GAMEDAY STORYLINES

FAN INFORMATION

A limited number of tickets remain for Tuesday's game and can be purchased online or by phone at (800) 456-GoOU.

OU Athletics will introduce a clear bag policy and walk-through metal detectors at all home events this season, including Tuesday's game. More information can be found here.

LAST TIME OUT

Oklahoma opened its 2019 home slate by hosting No. 11/11 Louisiana and No. 25/23 Oregon State in the Courtyard Marriott Tournament on Friday. The Sooners shut out the Beavers 3-0 before run-ruling the Ragin’ Cajuns 9-1 in five innings.

Against the Beavers, junior Mariah Lopez improved to 7-1 with the win in the circle. She scattered five hits and struck out eight while walking one. Lopez combined with classmate Shannon Saile on the shutout as Saile earned her first save of the year.

Senior Sydney Romero powered the Sooner offense in the home opener, finishing 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored thanks to a third-inning solo homer. Overall, the Beavers out-hit the Sooners by a 6-5 clip. It was just the second time this season OU has been out-hit, and it was the first time OU won despite totaling fewer hits than its opponent.

The Sooner offense heated up in the nightcap, scoring nine runs on a dozen hits. Seniors Romero, Caleigh Clifton and Shay Knighten led the way with a pair of hits apiece. Romero finished with three RBIs, good for her fourth multi-RBI game of the season.

Senior Falepolima Aviu also drove in multiple runs thanks to a two-run home run. She was one of three Sooners to homer in the game, joining Knighten and freshman Sami Skelly, whose solo shot marked the first hit of her collegiate career.

HOME SWEET 'HOMA

After going 2-0 last weekend, Oklahoma is currently on a 36-game home winning streak, good for its second-best streak in program history. The longest is 45 games, held from April 14, 2000 to March 29, 2002. OU last lost at home on April 23, 2017.

In 2018, the Sooners went 30-0 at Marita Hynes Field, including a 25-0 mark in the regular season. It marked the second perfect home record in school annals, also occurring in 2001 (18-0). Additionally, 30 home wins were the second-most in OU history behind the 2014 team’s 32.

FACING MCNEESE

The reigning Southland conference champions and 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier, McNeese enters Tuesday’s contest 8-12 after going 1-3 in the Oklahoma State/Tulsa Invitational over the weekend.

The Sooners lead the all-time series with the Cowgirls 11-2, including a 5-1 mark in Norman. OU last faced McNeese in March 15 in Baton Rouge, La., claiming a 3-0 victory.

UP NEXT

OU wraps up its seven-game homestand this weekend as it hosts Northwestern, Drake and GCU in the Sooners’ final home tournament. Tulsa will also compete in the event.

Tickets for Saturday and Sunday's games are sold out. Limited tickets remain for Friday’s action and can be purchased online or by phone at (800) 456-GoOU.

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